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Perth mission for fresh Beau

Perth mission for fresh Beau

Will Clarken hopes his ambitious placement of Beau Rossa pays dividends when the talented gelding travels to Perth for The Pinnacles.

The South Australian horseman confirmed that his multiple Stakes winner is set to tackle the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at Ascot later this month, after pleasing the stable with his improvement from his first-up outing at Flemington during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Beau Rossa galloped between races at Murray Bridge on Wednesday and Clarken said the five-year-old is showing all the signs that he's going as well as he was when narrowly edged out in last year's G1 Memsie Stakes.

But he conceded Beau Rossa will need to match or better his previous personal best if he's to break a run of outs that extends back to July 2021.

"He worked awesome on Wednesday and he's going great, but I still feel a bit silly sending a horse across Australia that hasn't won for a long time," Clarken said.

"He's just rated so high and he's an extremely hard horse to place.

"His first-up run was really good and on facts and figures, we had him going about a length or so off his absolute best with the weight, so he warranted his trip.

"I think I've got him going as good as he can but he's a hard horse to read because he can work really well at home and then sometimes not deliver on race day.

"That (Winterbottom) will be his race and then we'll see, there's another new race over 1400m after that which he could go onto if he was to run well in the Winterbottom."

WATCH: Beau Rossa's first-up run at Flemington

Clarken is under no illusions that Beau Rossa's task is made more difficult than other eastern-states raiders given the additional road transport involved in traveling a horse from Adelaide.

But he's willing to take a chance on a horse who has been raced sparingly in 2022.

"It is probably harder on us than anyone else because we've got to go from Adelaide to Melbourne, then Melbourne to Sydney and then fly from Sydney to Perth," he said.

"But I suppose you could argue that a few of the horses that are going over there have had a bit of racing and he's the fresh horse on the scene.

"He and Ironclad went over there (Melbourne) and they were probably just a gallop short and they've both come on from that."

Clarken said a decision on whether stablemate Ironclad joins Beau Rossa on the flight to Perth will be made after the import tackles Saturday's $500,000 Cranbourne Cup.

Beau Rossa is rated a $34 chance in Sportsbet's Winterbottom Stakes market.


Kuro's low-key return

A home-state, black-type win is the immediate aim for South Australia's most-exciting young horse Kuroyanagi, but Will Clarken admits it's hard not to dream about spring features in both Melbourne and Sydney. The Blue Diamond placegetter made a low-key return to the track in a 600-metre jump out at Thomas Farms Racecourse Murray Bridge on Thursday, pleasing both her trainer and jockey Ben Price. Clarken said the Listed Lightning Stakes (1050m) at Morphettville later this month shapes as the perfect kick-off race and a suitable chance for the filly to secure a Stakes win, after her Group 1 and Group 2 placings over summer. "All being well, we'll get a good trial into her at Balaklava in seven days' time and then a nice gallop on some Good ground, we'll look to kick her off in the Lightning," Clarken said. "It'll come down to her first-up performance but races in both Melbourne and Sydney are definitely there as options. "It was such a vintage year of juveniles, so we'll just have to pick our way through and dodge a few of them. "We just want to get a black-type win next to her name, so we'll just chase little fish to start and build into it. "But we cant hide our excitement about her." During her first racing campaign, Clarken maintained that the daughter of Written Tycoon was far from the finished product and he said he's satisfied with the physical development she's made since the Blue Diamond. And while her early targets are likely to be in the 1000-1200-metre range, he's excited at the prospect of stretching her out in trip. "She's got a lot stronger in her time off," he said. "We did the right thing by stopping after the Diamond, so she got a really good spell into her. "Skeletally, everything has settled down because she was just feeling her shins off and on last prep. "I'd love to see her rolling over seven furlongs because I just think she's got this amazing action. "Brenton (Avdulla) gave us some amazing feedback that she felt like a horse that would get further after he rode her in the Diamond."Story from (James Tzaferis)

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Former South Australia galloper a future Hong Kong star

Galaxy Patch showcased his remarkable turn of foot once again at Sha Tin on Sunday, June 23, clinching a dominant victory in the HK$4.2 million G3 Premier Plate Handicap (1800m) for trainer Pierre Ng. Ridden by Vincent Ho, Galaxy Patch surged from near-last to first in the home straight, completing the race in 1 minute and 48.64 seconds. The four-year-old galloped the final 200 meters in a swift 21.69 seconds, finishing as the race’s second favourite with betting apps in Australia. “He’s a future star with immense potential. He was the best horse in the field, and that’s why he can perform like this. From a wide barrier (10), we just aimed to settle him. He was a bit keen over the first 400 meters but then relaxed just before the turn,” Ho said post-race. Galaxy Patch, sired by Wandjina, initially raced in South Australia as Gulinga Spirit under Will Clarken and Niki O’Shea before being sold to Hong Kong. Earlier this month, Galaxy Patch triumphed in the HK$4.2 million G3 Lion Rock Trophy Handicap (1600m). His impressive record now includes six wins from 12 starts in Hong Kong, with notable runner-up finishes in the HK$13 million G1 Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup (1400m) and the HK$26 million BMW Hong Kong Derby (2000m) this season. “I just took my time, let him gradually advance, and then asked for an effort. He’s a very decent horse,” Ho remarked. “Thanks to Pierre’s team for their support and trust – riding such quality horses means everything.” Beauty Joy finished a neck behind in second, with Happy Together securing third place. The race favourite, Chancheng Glory, ended up in fourth. “It was likely from an impossible position, but he’s shown versatility across various distances. Now at 1800 meters, he even placed second over 2000 meters,” Ng commented. “He’s like an all-rounder, typical of Australian horses, adaptable from short to long distances. He was much more mature today, and I hope he continues to develop next season.” “We’re definitely targeting big races. Let’s see what the schedule holds,” Ng added. This victory was part of a treble for Ng, propelling him back into the lead for the trainers’ championship with 65 wins, ahead of Francis Lui’s 63. Ng also celebrated success in both feature races of the day, with Mugen and jockey Karis Teetan overcoming California Spangle in the HK$4.2 million G3 Premier Cup Handicap (1400m).Story from JustHorseRacing

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